Boutique hotel, mixed-use development coming to Parkside

The swanky 140-room boutique hotel will be located at 1600 1st Avenue in Parkside. Photo submitted
The swanky 140-room boutique hotel will be located at 1600 1st Avenue in Parkside. Photo submitted

New plans are in the works to bring another mixed-use property to Birmingham’s Parkside district. Developers announced this week their plans to build a 140-room boutique hotel, residential units, an entertainment venue as well as retail and studio space. Here’s a sneak peek into the plans for Parkside’s latest swanky development.

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Need the perfect gift idea? Here are 6 curated gift sets for anyone on your list from Birmingham based Freedom Soap Co.

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Freedom Soap Co.’s new shaving set is the perfect gift for Father’s Day. Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

Looking for the perfect gift for a college grad, bridesmaid or for Father’s Day?  We got ya covered with some help from Birmingham based Freedom Soap Co.  Give all natural, eco friendly, locally made and thoughtfully curated Freedom Soap gift sets.

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Mind control and 3D printing are just 2 features in McWane Science Center’s newest exhibit, Bionic Me, opening May 19

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Discovering the latest in technology at McWane Science Center. Photo via Scitech

Have you ever wondered how a bionic eye works? Or wanted to control a computer using the power of your mind? Visit McWane Science Center’s newest traveling exhibit, Bionic Me by Scitech opening Sunday, May 19. Get tickets now.

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“Break Barriers” Birmingham, support the Alabama Fire, our hometown women’s football team on May 18

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On Saturday, May 18th, 5:00PM at General Krulak Stadium on the campus of Birmingham Southern College, come out and support the Alabama Fire when they take on the North Florida Pumas.Photo courtesy of the Alabama Fire Football Team

Birmingham – you have got one last opportunity to watch  football until the pro and college teams begin training camps and games in August.

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5 hikes on Birmingham’s Red Rock Trail System: including the new section of the High Ore Line Trail

High Ore Line Trail. Photo courtesy of the Freshwater Land Trust

We’ve had some gorgeous weather in Birmingham the last few days. You know what that means–it’s time to get outside before it’s hot and muggy.  To make your planning easier, we’ve compiled a list of must-do hikes in and around Birmingham on the Red Rock Trail System, a network of more than 120 miles of trails in Jefferson County.  Read on for more info.

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PHOTOS: Red Mountain Theatre Company to develop $25 million Arts Campus in Birmingham’s Parkside District by summer of 2021

A rendering of the exterior of the new Red Mountain Theatre Company Arts Campus coming 2021. Photo Submitted

Yesterday, the Red Mountain Theatre Company (RMTC) announced plans to develop a $25 million Arts Campus in the heart of Birmingham’s Parkside District. Dubbed their “2nd Act”, the theatre company anticipates relocating by the summer of 2021. See photos of where the campus will be, plus renderings of the new project.

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Ready for the Porsche Track Experience? Attend Barber Historics, May 18-19 and Barber Small Bore, June 7-9 at Barber Motorsports Park. Tickets available now!

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Are you ready for Barber Motorsports. Photo via Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

Attention race fans! If you’re craving the fast-paced, high-energy feel of the race track, Barber Motorsports Park is hosting two events you won’t want to miss—Barber Historics, May 18-19 and Barber Small Bore, June 7-9. Tickets available now. Kids 15 and under get in FREE!

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Your guide to 15 local farmers markets in Birmingham

Pepper Place has become the iconic farmers market in Birmingham.
Vintage pic of Jones Valley founder Edwin Marty (l) at Pepper Place Market back in 2004. Photo from Facebook

Birmingham’s local farmers’ markets are plentiful in number and in offerings. At them, you’ll find fresh produce, meats, cheeses, flowers, handcrafts, handmade soaps, herbal medicines and so much more. Plus, you’re likely to run into friends and neighbors, making your outing all the more rewarding.

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Delish names Saw’s BBQ, Galley and Garden and The Market at Pepper Place to its “Best in Alabama” lists

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Galley and Garden on Birmingham’s Southside. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Three Birmingham “favorites” – Saw’s BBQ, Galley and Garden and Pepper Place have been featured this Spring in Delish.com, one of the nation’s top 10 food related digital publications online.

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